According to Grover Smith (T.S. Eliot's Poetry and Plays:
A Study in Sources and Meaning) Bleistein's cigar symbolizes
"fleshly greed and gluttony".
PM: That would make more sense, but does he give any reason for such a view?
The thing is, Blestein's activities as described, are presented as
("But") from Burbank's, and there is no sexual activity associated
PM: A further thought:
There is nothing in the poem to indicate that Burbank is Jewish.
Which may be yet another jibe aginst the Jews. The non-Jew gets
his kicks from sex. The Jew is much more preoccupied with mucking